United Nations Handbook 2018-19

UN Handbook 18-19

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The UN Handbook was made available as a mobile app in 2013 to make the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.

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EU citizens living in the UK and eligibility to vote in the 2019 EP elections

EDC Information Update

EP © European Parliament. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

European Union citizens who live in the UK are being urged to check their eligibility to vote in the European Parliament elections which take place between the 23rd to 26th of May next year.

UK citizens will no longer be eligible to vote due to the UK decision to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019.   However, citizens of the other EU Countries living in the UK are eligible to vote, subject to certain conditions.  A set of country factsheets, produced by the European Parliament, listing voting conditions and national contact points is available here.  While some background information on European Parliament elections is here.

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Westminster Lens: Brexit Statutory Instruments dashboard

Is the government on track to meet its legislative target of at least 800 Statutory Instruments by exit day? How many Brexit SIs are being laid before Parliament each week? Which departments are laying the most SIs? Which Acts of Parliament are being used to lay them? How many SIs actually amend Acts of Parliament? How is Parliament scrutinising the legislation? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this  new data dashboard produced by the Hansard Society.

 

Well travelled

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Pictured recently in Catalonia!!  Good to know our 25th Anniversary tote bags, produced in 2014, are still going strong and are enjoying the sunshine whilst the rest of us are bracing ourselves for winter.

Keep your eyes open. You never know where one will pop up next.

 

 

Brexit Unknowns, Scottish Health Survey, and Young People’s Career Aspirations Versus Reality – New Official Publications 01.10.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

The gender pay gap – “This briefing paper provides statistics on the size of the gender pay gap in the UK, looks at some of the reasons why the gender pay gap arises and discusses the duty on large employers to report on the size of the gender pay gap in their workforce.”

Brexit Unknowns (update) – “What do we still not know about the Brexit process or the withdrawal agreement with the EU that is currently being negotiated? This paper looks at some of the main unknowns.”

Scotland: Public spending and revenue – “Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range…

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Plans for Scotland’s Census 2021

For the first time in 2021, people in Scotland will be encouraged to fill out their census questionnaire primarily online, with support and help available for those who need it.

Plans for Scotland’s Census 2021’, published by National Records of Scotland, lays out proposals for how the census will be conducted and the questions it will ask.
Under the proposals, the census will ask new questions, including whether the respondent is a veteran. It is also proposed that questions on sexual orientation and transgender status and history will be asked. As set out in 2018-19  Programme for Government, a Bill will be introduced this parliamentary session to allow sexual orientation and transgender questions to be asked on a voluntary basis.

 

Orders of the Day

Reformation to Referendum: Writing a New History of Parliament

O is for orders of the day, those items of business relating to matters that have already been introduced into the House and which the House has decided should be dealt with on a particular day. The most obvious example is the second or third reading, or the report stage, of a bill. They are to be contrasted with notices of motion, which are new items of business that a Member has put on the House’s agenda for a particular day: as Spencer Perceval put it in 1811, orders ‘were a portion of the public business fixed by the House to come forward on a particular day’; notices ‘were only fixed at the pleasure of a particular member’. The distinction between these two elements used to be the basis for the construction of the House’s daily agenda (confusingly and unhelpfully known as an order paper). The terminology has largely…

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Being 18 in 2018, marine litter, and ‘fake news’ – New Official Publications 17.09.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014

‘Fake news: What Think Tanks are thinking’. “This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by international think tanks on ‘fake news’ and broader related issues.”

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain – Legal context and implications for financial crime, money laundering and tax evasion – Study. “More and more regulators are worrying about criminals who are increasingly using cryptocurrencies for illegitimate activities like money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion. This paper elaborates on this phenomenon from a legal perspective, focusing on the use of cryptocurrencies for financial crime, money laundering and tax evasion. It contains policy recommendations for future EU standards.”

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The Inclusion Project: Human Rights dilemmas in the negotiation of Peace Agreements and Human Rights

The Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh is holding a free event to celebrate the launch of the new PA-X Peace Agreement Database on the occasion of the Association of Human Rights Conference Edinburgh.

The Inclusion Project: Peace Agreements, Inclusion and Human Rights, Professor Christine Bell, Programme Director, Political Settlement Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org; www.peaceagreements.org)

Booking and more details via Eventbrite

Thu 6 September 2018

17:00 – 18:00 BST

North Sea oil, e-cigarettes and humanism – New Official Publications 28.08.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014

Research study into provision for recreation and leisure in areas affected by oil-related industry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.The discovery of oil and gas under the North Sea has proved to be the most important single event in Scotland’s post-war economic history. In such circumstances of rapid economic and social change it is clear that if the communities in the areas affected are to reap the potential benefits of oil-related developments without dislocation of their distinctive patterns of life, they must match the encouragement of industrial development with the conservation and adaptation of their social fabric.”
The Future of the European Defence Agency (EDA): In-depth analysis. “The aim of the workshop, held on 22 November 2017, was to discuss…

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Animal Sentience, Bathing Water Quality, and the Sale of Student Loans – New Official Publications 13.08.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Voting age – “Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.”

Animal Sentience and Brexit – “The Government is reviewing the recognition of animal sentience and the need for UK legislation after Brexit. It has also announced it will legislate to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences.

The EU Withdrawal Act 2008 did not include provision to transfer the principle contained in Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty recognising animals as sentient beings into UK legislation. This raised concerns amongst animal welfare campaigners as UK law, under…

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Festival of Politics 10-13 October 2018

On Wednesday 10 October, Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine will open the Festival with an “in conversation”-style event with Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh.  He will talk about his life serving in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as well as his current political views on issues such as Brexit. The Festival will also feature best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard. Professor Beard will feature on day four of the Festival talking about her book Woman and Power as well as the BBC Civilisations series which she co-wrote and presented.
Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, social commentator and Orwell Prize-winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki, and historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE will also appear. Book you tickets now.

Scottish Government’s new website going live in Sept 2018

SG beta site

The Scottish Government plan to transition their website from Beta in September. If you have been using the Beta site to search  for publications recently you might be a little perplexed by their choice of tagging.  Under the publications tab, for example, the word publication is used in many different contexts. Items with ISBNs appear to be filed under Corporate reports,  however if you use an ISBN in the search box it comes back as item not found.

Please be aware that none of these issues will  be looked at until after the site transitions in September.

The Product Manager of gov.scot has a collated list of all  SWOP members’ comments and we look forward to working with this team to improve the functionality of the Publications section of the new site going forward.

publications

 

Stalking, Blockchain, and Smoking Habits – New Official Publications 17.07.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

The Contribution of Non-UK EU Workers in the Social Care Workforce in Scotland  – “An assessment of the Contribution of EU Workers in the Social Care Workforce in Scotland which 1) provides robust estimates of the number of non-UK EU workers in specified adult social care and childcare sub-sectors (adult day care, care at home, day care of children, childminding, housing support, and nurse agencies). 2) provides insights into the specific roles and contributions of those workers from the perspective of both employers and non-UK EU workers.”

Clinical Review of the Impacts of Hepatitis C: Short Life Working Group Report. – “An independent clinical review, which assesses the impacts of chronic hepatitis C infection on the health and wellbeing of individuals

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